And when we say “insane," we really mean it. In 1836, a movement began in Massachusetts to establish asylums for “idiots and lunatics not furiously mad,” which led to the rapid expansion of a well-meaning but fairly screwed-up mental health care system. While most of those asylums have since fallen into disrepair, there are some that haven’t been demolished and are wasting away unused. And they're damn creepy.
Add to them old theaters, T stops, and a former luxury hotel, and you have 11 of the Commonwealth's most eerily abandoned places.
The MBTA is home to a network of abandoned train lines, stations, and tracks, including the streetcar loop at Maverick station, the Court Street station (closed in 1952), the lost station at Northeastern, and the abandoned Tremont Street Subway segment. The end of the streetcar era also caused the abandonment and partial demolition of the Green line’s A branch -- because, no, the MBTA didn't just skip the first letter of the alphabet in their naming scheme. The A line ran through BU down Brighton Avenue towards Watertown, and some tracks still remain today.